Jizo

One of the things I loved the most about Nikko was the Jizo statues in a snowy (and kind of lonely) road.

The Jizo statue is a representation of bodhisattva Jizo Bosatsu, the guardian of travellers, but also children and mothers. They have red bonnets and scarves offered by people so they don’t feel cold, and bibs so they don’t get dirty with the food offerings.

I loved the way they look and it amazed me how even with the statue reduced to pebbles, the bonnet and the scarf was still there, meaning someone kept putting it there, no matter how much time has passed.

They all looked different, some relaxed, some with a shy smile, some even seemed worried about something.

Sanbiki no saru

Or the Three Wise Monkeys of Buddhism. They are in Toshôgû Shrine in Nikko, about an hour from Tokyo by train, an incredible place in the woods so beautiful and peaceful. These little monkeys are known in Japanese as Sanbiki no saru 三匹の猿 and they embody the principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” (Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru in that order)

Sanbiki no saru

O los Tres Monos Sabios del Budismo. Están en el templo Toshôgû en Nikko, a una hora de Tokyo en tren, un lugar increíble en el bosque precioso y tranquilo. Estos monitos son conocidos en japonés como Sanbiki no saru三匹の猿 y juntos personifican el principio “no ver el mal, no oír el mal, no hablar el mal” (Mizaru, Kikazaru e Iwazaru en ese orden)